Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign Policy in Focus (FPIF) is a “Think Tank Without Walls” connecting the research and action of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner. It is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. FPIF provides timely analysis of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and recommends policy alternatives. We believe U.S. security and world stability are best advanced through a commitment to peace, justice and environmental protection as well as economic, political, and social rights. We advocate that diplomatic solutions, global cooperation, and grassroots participation guide foreign policy. For a more detailed explanation of our foreign policy vision, please consult Just Security, our framework document. FPIF publishes commentaries, briefs, and reports on its website and organizes briefings for the public, media, lawmakers, and legislative staff. Staff and other FPIF experts also write for newspapers, magazines, and other online publications and author books on foreign policy and international affairs. FPIF experts speak frequently on television and radio programs and are often quoted by print and online journalists. FPIF aims to amplify the voice of progressives and to build links with social movements in the U.S. and around the world. Through these connections, we advance and influence debate and discussion among academics, activists, policymakers, and decisionmakers. While all our work adheres to our core values, the views expressed in FPIF publications do not necessarily reflect those of the staff and board of IPS or our advisor committee.

The Real North Korean Threat

In North Korea, the threat of desertification should be raised to the same level as nuclear nonproliferation. By Emanuel Pastreich There is a terrible danger lurking just over the DMZ that threatens the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia. This threat demands an immediate response that is focused and forceful, as well as a long-term strategy that will bring together all members of the... Continue Reading

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Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

The root of the sexual assault crisis plaguing the military lies in militarism itself. By Annie Isabel Fukushima & Gwen Kirk As more US military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals” — at the Tailhook Naval Aviators’ Convention (1991), Aberdeen Proving Grounds Ordnance Center (1996),... Continue Reading

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When America Met Mandela

"Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea" (Nelson Mandela). By Francis Njubi Nesbitt "Who is this man Mandela?" The US News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one knew much, since the magazine could only come up with three short paragraphs about the ANC leader. This sketch of Nelson Mandela's life seemed to be drawn from a... Continue Reading

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Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Twenty Years Later

By Violeta Krasnic Twenty years after the end of the Bosnia-Herzegovina war, the overwhelmingly majority of women war crime survivors are yet to receive justice. Twenty years ago in April, war broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as the main act in the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In Sarajevo, the capital that once proudly hosted the Winter Olympics, 11,541 red chairs on the main street mark... Continue Reading

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Kony Case Reveals Millennial Generation's Evolving Sense of International Justice

by Heath Mitchell The Kony 2012 campaign may have made a wanted criminal famous, but there has been little discussion about what kind of justice Joseph Kony should face. Considering the recent spike in interest in Joseph Kony among my fellow members of generation Y, the recent unanimous decision by the International Criminal Court to convict Thomas Lubanga Dylio is timely to say the least.... Continue Reading

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Adding Fuel to Syria's Fire

Analysis on the various ways that both the Syrian government, and Syrian rebels are being supplied with arms provided by other nations. By Anya Barry Despite the widespread international denunciation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the government in Damascus continues to crack down on the country’s growing domestic opposition. “They are moving in a direction that completely... Continue Reading

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Honduras: While Corruption and Repression Mushroom, Justice Rots on the Vine

Honduras has become a human rights disaster. The country now has the world’s highest murder rate. And impunity for political violence is the norm. For all this, the United States deserves a good deal of the blame. by Mark Engler I was pleased to see the New York Times recently publish a hard-hitting op-ed by Dana Frank that makes this case. Lest anyone in this country think that... Continue Reading

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